Abbreviation: VEIL (J. F. Christ, 1947)
Word length: 4,499 (C. E. Lauterbach, 1960) the shortest of the 60 tales
First published: Liberty, January 22, 1927; Strand Magazine, February 1927
The introduction to this tale identifies it as "one of the most terrible human tragedies." Is it a tragedy in the classical sense, involving a fall from greatness that evokes pity and terror, or is it merely a sad story? And aren't most of Holmes's cases tragedies in the looser sense?